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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 17, 2011 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

Well, it’s 2/18 already on this side of the globe, so that makes it as good a time as any to acknowledge the 40th anniversity of a Show of Many Firsts, Much Genius, and One Last (for a while): 2/18/71, at the Capitol Theater.

“Life at the Capitol was extremely eventful,” McNally writes in his book. “In the course of a week’s residence, the Dead helped with a scientific experiment, lost a drummer, added a lyricist, and introduced eight new songs, seven of them original.”

Most of those songs came on this first night, when Mickey, “in a pit of mortal anguish since Lenny’s departure,” was apparently hypnotized by an ESP researcher so that he could perform. It would be his last night with the band for years.

And what a night …

They come tearing out of the starting gate like a dance party on wheels with the first-ever Bertha. Right from the start, everything’s working: the harmonies, the way they’re listening to/playing off each other, the raw sky-high energy, that infectious smile-inducing Something.

There’s the first-ever Loser, raunchy and fast and just pushing like nobody’s business.

There’s the first ever-GSET, not my favorite tune, but apparently inspired by the rhythm of a pump on Mickey’s ranch, so it was nice he was there for it – although he did, then, go BACK to that ranch, and he’d been hypnotized that night when he heard the song … so, hmmmm …

The first Wharf Rat comes in the midst of a glittering DS sandwich with a “beautiful jam” that’s nothing short of sublime --the peak of, well, beautifulness. This music would stop elephants in their tracks. (They do have big ears, after all.) The crowd must have been dissolving ...

The 2nd set starts with a Casey Jones that’s just as high-energy as the rest of the night; then you hear some stage back-and-forth, Jerry says “let’s try it,” and they go into … the first-ever PITB. It’s more deliberate than it would become, more precise than improvisational, and they sure sound as if they’ve been WORKING at it.

I believe this show also has the first Johnny B. Goode. I think I’ve got all the First Performances for that night, though if I’ve missed any, I’m sure someone will spot it!

Anyway, the run at the Capitol, in addition to apparently including an ESP experiment wherein the audience viewed slides and tried to project the images into the distant mind of a sleeper at a lab – yes, it was definitely 1971 – also marked the appearance (or rather, reappearance) of Barlow and his christening as Bob’s New Musical Helpmate. (After, apparently, an argument backstage between Bob and Hunter that prompted Hunter to say to Barlow, "Take him, he's yours.")

All in all, an amazing week with an incredible opening night. If there are less-than-stellar moments anywhere in this show, I sure can’t notice them! Maybe they should have done more of those ESP experiments … don’t know how the audience really did at “projecting” their thoughts into the sleeping guy at the lab, but the band sure did manage to project this show pretty darned beautifully into the future.

I noticed there’s a timely new upgrade from Master Charlie:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-02-18.sbd.miller.111793.flac16

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 17, 2011 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

thanks AR! though i'm not as well versed on '71 as other years, the Cap theater performances from this night and the next have some great music.

The Beautiful Jam is one of the ultimate 'it' moments for me, one of those that makes you say 'this is why they're so great...'

i'm not familiar at all with the 2/20 performance though, i think i need to check that one out!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 17, 2011 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

I think "It Hurts Me Too" is also a first ever.

Pretty neat how the the magic is in the first sets of these '71 Port Chester shows.

The Betty sound quality of all of these shows is a welcome contrast to the audience only recordings from the performances at the venue from 1970. I really love the beautiful jangly tone of both guitars during this run.

I dig most of these shows. The music is pretty layed back, maybe it was the ESP experiments? They are still working out the arraingements on the new songs, but the first Bird Songs and Wharf Rats are pretty nice, Weir is playing very well during this stand. 2/18 might be the best of these shows, but the next two are quite good as well...

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Feb 17, 2011 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

It's a great show and excellent to hear all these first-ever performances. My personal highlight was when I first found out it was the first Wharf Rat, and in the middle of a purpose built Dark Star. But the rest of the show soon grew on me and through the years, I have given it a lot of time. And once again, with this new upgrade, I've listened a couple of times. Forgive me for saying so, because I think you are a very good reviewer and you know your stuff, Cliff... or maybe you're just messing around, but I had a feeling that I heard earlier versions of Hurts Me Too, and so I checked my Deadbase and that says the first one was in Feb '66, 2/23/66. And it was played a few times a year after that until Oct '70, when they played it a few times a month, more or less till Filmore East, April '71, and on a fair number of times till the end of the Europe '72 tour. Bless his heart, good ol' Pigpen.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 17, 2011 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

Of course you're right about It Hurts. Funny, that's the second time I made that exact mistake!

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 17, 2011 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

This is shocking of you! They played Hurts Me Too several times in their Northwest '68 tour, that you've heard so many times! Never mind all the '66 and '67 versions....

Anyway, 2/21/71 for me has the best Wharf Rat of the run:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-02-21.sbd.cantor-crouch-diebert-gmb.87134.sbeok.flac16
2/23/71 is also pretty solid, with the first medley of Truckin>drums>Other One>Wharf Rat:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-02-23.sbd.miller.110353.flac16

And BTW, AltheaRose...2/18/71 didn't have the first Johnny B Goode. The first Dead version was 1/22/71 - but Weir had played it with Hot Tuna after the Dead's show on 12/31/70, and Garcia had ALSO played it with them on 9/7/69.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 17, 2011 2:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

I know it! Years ago when I first reviewed these shows I made this very same mistake and still have not gone back to correct it. Personally, I have a big soft spot for the uber mellow performance on 2/20/71...

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Feb 17, 2011 11:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

And there it is, thanks to Light Into Ashes - the previous "Hurts Me Too", was on 1/22/71. And I agree with your opinion of "Wharf Rat" on 2/21/71. Sure is tasty. I always have a soft spot for the first version of almost anything, just because I can see how well they usually had practiced it before bringing something out, and then of course how songs develop and improve through time. Nice to listen to the first few performances of so many great songs as they opened up that can of worms in Portchester.

I remember a forum discussion not too long ago about (late 69 - early 70??) when so many of the Workingman's Dead songs were broken out. Makes me think has it ever been discussed - when were the most number of new songs performed in any one run of shows (or single show) ? Maybe that's another discussion? I haven't started up a new discussion on the forum yet, just kind of chiming in here and there. Is this my big break? I could almost wager someone has discussed it all before and not an original idea at all. Haven't spent time trying to learn the searching functions on the forum yet.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 18, 2011 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

Here's the one you want:

http://www.archive.org/post/264127/first-performances-of-dead-songs

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Poster: snori Date: Feb 18, 2011 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

'Garcia' (1st solo album) was released in January that year, and 'Ace' appeared in March, so this run was the perfect time to bring those new songs out of the studio and into the live shows. I now have a spare copy of 18/2 at work so I can dip into it without waiting to get home.

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Feb 18, 2011 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

Thank you very much Tell, that'll do fine. I think that must have been just what I was thinking of, or maybe not, could have been the liner notes in a Road Trips. But it sure is a great list from LIA and a great way to sum up the way I feel - here's an excerpt of what Light Into Ashes wrote :

"Since Dead songs often took years to reach their full potential, it's rare to find a studio version that's the "standard" for a song. Early versions are usually rather bare and rough-edged, which makes them interesting to hear since our ears tend to fill in what's missing."

What I had in mind was the June '69 - Dire Wolf, High Time, Casey Jones, and Nov-Dec '69 - Uncle John's Band, Cumberland Blues, Black Peter and New Speedway Boogie - breakouts of all those songs. 10/19/71, (inspiration with new piano player, Kieth) and 2/9/73 (one of my friends would have probably called that "the show of all shows!!") are probably the most notable shows with new songs, and a winning favorite 2/26/77. It's all there in the post and much, much more. Cheers!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 18, 2011 5:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

This is only shocking because it suggests you didn't play the heck out of Vintage Dead...being a Pig Tune you'd, I think, always imagine "early", esp as such a well known blues #.

But, the best part is, I am almost certain we've discussed it...you're catching up with me, old man.

Well, maybe not: here's one of your famed 66 posts, and you do barely mention it, so perhaps it just didn't "stick":

http://www.archive.org/post/135784/1966

This post was modified by William Tell on 2011-02-18 13:17:44

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Feb 17, 2011 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

Since it appears to be Pick on Cliff Day, the new CM transfer is not sourced from betty board reels. This is from the notes:

Notes:
-- This is a huge upgrade to all previously circulating sources
-- This is not from the same betty board reels that have circulated since 1986
-- Thanks to David Gans for lending me his Dats
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction

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